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Interlocutory Judgment; Interlocutory Order; Judgment Nisi

Term Definition Interlocutory Judgment; Interlocutory Order; Judgment Nisi - the initial judgment of divorce.
Application in Divorce In law, the term nisi refers to court orders that are said to "ripen" into a final decree unless something else happens. As it applies to divorce, that something else would a change of heart (no pun intended) by the divorcing spouses, and it would mean that they have decided to make a go of it after all, that is, stay married. Given the rigors and battle damage associated with divorce, such is a reversal is very unlikely.

The nisi period is waiting period, during which spouses are not free to marry because they are still legally married to each other.

In most states divorce decrees are final when issued. Only four states now grant interlocutory judgments in divorce. They are California, Massachusetts and Nebraska, six months, and Utah, three months.

During the nisi period, a spouse has the right to inherit unless a separation agreement waives it.

In uncontested divorces, the interlocutory period has been abolished.

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